What do you do if you're the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and your soloist has to cancel less than two weeks before one of your biggest shows of the year? You call an old friend and make some lemonade.
Alex Boyé, former boy-band frontman, current YouTube star and veteran of the Tabernacle Choir in the interim, incredulously described how, the morning after a choir performance popped up in his Facebook memories, music director Mack Wilberg called to ask whether he could pinch hit for former "Hamilton" star Christopher Jackson, who'd been sidelined by his commitment to a television series. "I about fell off my chair," Boyé recalled, but he gamely jumped in.
He sang one of Jackson's numbers from the Disney hit "Moana," crooned a medley of hits popularized by his boyhood idol Nat King Cole and brought down the house with the spiritual "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" a song he has sung several times (and recorded) with the choir. He also delivered exuberant renditions of two songs from "The Lion King," complete with a Rafiki-inspired feather collar.